Tzatziki Sauce

I am always looking for new ways to spice up my lunch and snack! Sometimes the same old hummus and veggies can get boring, which is why I love this Tzatziki sauce. I usually make a loaded veggie sandwich for lunch, and this sauce pairs perfectly with it. It also makes a great veggie dip for later on in the day when I’m needing something to snack on. The best thing is that it’s so easy to make, especially using […]

Feta Eggplant Rolls

Eggplant has always been a difficult fruit for me to use in recipes. By the way, are you surprised I said fruit? Many people think eggplant is a vegetable, but it is actually a fruit! It is really healthy since it contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and fiber. My signature recipe is eggplant Parmesan, which we are really tired of by now.  I saw an eggplant roll appetizer recipe in an old issue of Fine Cooking magazine that inspired […]

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I recently discovered a delicious new side dish: stuffed portobello mushroom caps. Normally, you may think of stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer, but these portobello mushroom caps are so huge that they are probably better as a side! In fact, two people could probably share one. Goat cheese is blended with herbs and bread crumbs to form a creamy stuffing for these large mushrooms, which are then baked in the oven. I love the combination of goat cheese and walnuts, […]

Creamy Beet and Feta Dip

Beets offer an earthy, refreshing and unique flavor that more recipes should take advantage of. While it’s not common to have them appear as the main ingredient of a dish, this dip offers a great example of why that ought to happen more often. The feta cheese provides a great flavor and texture to complement the beets, which can be either roasted or bought pre-cooked. Creamy Beet and Feta Dip Recipe Ingredients 1 1/2 cups cooked beets 1/2 cup feta […]

Mashed Maple and Apricot Dip

Dried apricots are a food we’re so used to eating the way they’re purchased, that it’s easy to overlook their use in an easy-to-make recipe. This apricot dip is simple, sweet and delicious. I’ve included maple syrup and a touch of lemon juice to add some depth to the flavor. Mashed Maple and Apricot Dip Recipe Ingredients 1 cup dried apricot 1 tbsp. maple syrup 1/2 tsp. lemon juice Instructions Boil apricots for about 10 minutes to soften. Let cool […]

Smashed Cucumbers with Chinese Black Vinegar

If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the look-out for healthy, delicious, vegetable-based side dishes that come together quickly and can be on hand for almost any meal. Ta da! Here’s a recipe that doesn’t even involve any cooking, just some pantry ingredients (well, they’re in my pantry — you might need to buy them, but then you’ll have them) mixed up in the Magic Bullet for a delicious, and indeed authentically Chinese, side dish. The use of Chinese […]

Chickpea Burrito

  Chickpeas are often overlooked as a salad topping or smaller component of a larger dish… but they’re so much more versatile than that! This recipe combines a can of chickpeas with household spices to blend up a hearty vegetarian-friendly burrito that you’ll find yourself making over and over again. Chickpea Burrito Recipe Ingredients 1 can of chickpeas, not drained 1 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. paprika 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. red pepper flakes 1 tbsp. lime juice Small […]

Arugula Pesto Pasta Sauce Recipe

Is there anything more delicious than pesto? Or anything better suited to the Magic Bullet? If there is, I don’t know it. I like to change up the pesto sauces I make and this time I  swapped the traditional basil pesto with fresh arugula pesto. Subtle, yet delicious: the arugula is peppery and vaguely woody, giving it a nice but none-too-bold flavor. I picked up some fresh pasta at the farmer’s market here in DC, as well as some delicious […]

Butternut Squash Quesadilla

I have been making this butternut squash quesadilla almost daily for the past few weeks because it is just that good.  Just like I do with my kiddos, I try my best to incorporate a vegetable at least 2 out of the 3 meals that we eat each day. Sometimes I don’t have the time to sit and cook a full lunch for myself, which is why I love this recipe. To make it simpler, I make a huge batch […]

Avocado Chickpea Sandwich

This is one of my favorite lunch time sandwiches, especially because it’s a nice switch up from the regular turkey and cheese. It also comes together almost as quickly too! You could easily switch up the flavors and seasonings to adjust to your liking, play around and have fun with it! Avocado Chickpea Sandwich Recipe Ingredients ½ can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed ½ avocado 1 tb. hummus 1 tsp. mustard Juice of ½ lemon ¼ tsp. garlic powder, paprika, […]